UBI BAVA

(Santos, 1915 - Rio de Janeiro, 1988) He studied at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes with Lucílio de Albuquerque and Henrique Cavalleiro. In 1939 he graduated in Architecture and, the following year, in Painting. He lived in Europe from 1962 to 1963, between Spain, France and Italy. In the 40' and 50', he developed a geometric abstraction from which was striding to the kinetic and op art. Already in the 70', working with mirrors clipped and modulated, aluminum caps and plastic pipes, he called the viewer to participate in his work. In the mirror, our image (image essence), multiplied or deformed, becomes the artist's phenomenological proposal. Constructivist, he considered himself a lyrical concrete artist, which of course has putted him aside of the Concretist and Neoconcretists movements. He had a solo exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro (with emphasis on the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in 1984) and in São Paulo. Among the awards attributed to his work, we can highlight: 1949, Silver medal in the Salão Nacional de Arte Moderna, in 1961, (winning the travel prize); 1981, the IBEU Prize, of best exhibition held in 1980, in Rio de Janeiro. Present at the Bienal of São Paulo since 1951, he had a Sala Especial in the 1973 edition. He was also art teacher for many years.

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1956 - 81x81cm - Do círculo ao quadrado - oil on canvas
Photo: Jaime Acioli